Differences between the tone curve and the basic settings

In addition to the common contrast and exposure (brightness) settings that are included in even the most basic photo retouching applications, it is possible in Lightroom to modify individual ranges of brightness, which allows for precise adjustments. There are a couple of ways to do it, though, and new users of Lightroom are often (and justifiably!) confused with the settings in the Basic and Tone Curve panels.
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Camera calibration profiles

The Camera calibration panel in Lightroom’s Develop module gives you the ability to quickly, and sometimes greatly, improve your pictures’ colors before you start playing with the other tools. I’m not talking about adjusting specific settings here, which I admit I never do, but just checking the available profiles and selecting the one that gives the best results. Continue reading